Dangerous right-wing wackiness, that is, backed up by lots of money and lever-pulling old pros Hey, isn\'t that . . . . ?
Some of us of what used to be charmingly referred-to as “a certain age,” who have seen Goldwater/Nixon/Reagan (and at least remember McCarthy and anti-communism classes in junior high), have said this whole Tea Party thing isn’t really the breathlessly new phenomenon the MSM seem to believe it is. Glenn Greenwald at Slate has a good piece on how this is just the latest incarnation of an old model – Greenwald
The faces in front of the cameras change (even as Newt tries to act even nuttier in order to get an additional 15 minutes), but those behind the curtain are often the same, and the script remains largely untouched.